In A Flash

 

When Eddie Hamilton heard the desperate cries for help, he didn’t need to think twice. Early Wednesday morning at approximately 9:00 a.m, Eddie heard and saw two small children pleading for their lives at the window of their house that was on fire. Their mother managed to escape, all three children were trapped inside. Without an ounce of fear, this hero smashed the window and helped the two children ages 10 and 13 escape the deadly smoke and flames. The third child was unconscious on the floor and in grave danger. Without a thought, Eddie entered the burning home and carried this child to safety.

Though in critical condition, the unconscious child is reported to be stable says Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. The other two youngesters and their mother escaped without injury. Firefighters and neighbors alike are calling Mr. Hamilton a hero, and indeed we can agree. Super heros are known to appear out of nowhere and save the day. Thankfully this one did his job perfectly.

Acts of Kindness Go To A Whole New Level

 

Random acts of kindness are something that Brad Reifler is known for and what  this world could use more of. When a couple who was going on an elaborate honeymoon decided to cancel, their friends and family probably thought they were nuts. Rather, they went on a kindness spree and spread love and joy across the country and to those in need. This is something that we need to hear more of. With people being so greedy and so out for what they can buy for themselves these days, what about sharing a little love and money with others?

It was Mark and Ismini Svensson who changed the country, one state at a time. While a honeymoon and elaborate wedding would have been memorable, I think that what they did will leave a lasting imprint on theirs and others peoples hearts. They went from state to state finding people who were in need and they helped. Traveling to each of the states gave them a bit of a honeymoon, but what they did for others was undeniable. It sounds like something the Pope or Mother Teresa would have done.

I have read stories on the internet of people driving through a fast food chain and having their meal paid for. While this has never happened to me, I certatinly embrace this method of giving back and hope to see more of it. My wife and I both participate in many charity events. Doing good for others always comes back ten fold.

The Fine Wines of London’s Antique Wine Company

The Antique Wine Company was founded by Stephen Williams in 1982. It is based in London, England, and specializes in the importation of rare and fine wines from all over the planet. This company has grown a client base of more than 20,000 and stores over 10,000 bottles of the world’s finest wine in its wine cellars. It has spread itself across the global market to over 70 nations and shows no signs of slowing its progress.

Wines from France, Italy, Spain, and every nook and cranny of the wine-making world are available for order. The Antique Wine Company searches out those producers that keep to the time-tested, traditional manner of making fine wines. Their founder Stephen Williams and their savvy staff are experts at choosing the wines of the highest quality. You can ask them for highly informative advice on which wines go best with different occasions and meals. They have red, white, sweet, and sparkling wines in their store, and they have carefully screened every wine before putting it on “their menu.”

Besides providing the best of the world’s vintage, the Antique Wine Company has also branched out to offer accessories and services. They host a wine academy, sell exquisite wine cabinets, and offer beautiful gift boxes that work great for the holidays. This is a full-orbed wine company that caters to their clients’ every need.

The Antique Wine Company puts within easy reach a vast selection of rare wines that one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. It would be difficult for most people to track down each individual wine producer and make a direct order, but by using a professional go-between like the AWC, a whole new wine cellar is made available to the public. The rarity and quality of these wines make them ideal for special occasions, and the expert knowledge of fine wines represented by the Antique Wine Company‘s staff makes it easy to select the perfect wine to fit your needs.

Community Heroes Help Humanity

 

Little Aidan Jackowiak, a four-year-old boy diagnosed with Clove syndrome, a disease so rare that it affects only 150 worldwide, is happy in his new home. When his parents had to find a more suitable house that could accommodate his wheelchair, the only place they could afford was not in livable condition. While they were willing to do the work themselves, some of it was far beyond their expertise.
In response to their difficulties, Gordon Webster, this man that my friend Dan Newlin knows of,  manager of a builders’ supply depot, convinced a group of tradespeople to donate their services for the family. Bricklayers, electricians, and decorators, some driving from over 50 miles away to work on weekends, transformed an unlivable house into a warm inviting home—all free of charge. You can see before and after pictures of the house here.
We can all share his parents’ gratitude for the kindness and generosity displayed by this wonderful group of people. They not only helped a family in need, but provided us all an example of true human community at its best.

Young Man Shocked When Community Rallies For Him

 

Amsterdam, New York resident 21-year-old Stephen Madelon has been down on his luck lately. He is the father of a 2-month-old baby girl, has no car, and has had trouble finding a job lately. He and his fiancee have been sleeping on the floor at their home because they do not have a mattress. However, none of that stopped Stephen from helping others in his community.

After a snowstorm struck his town Stephen felt compelled to get out and help others. He spent his day shoveling driveways and walkways for those who needed the help- and all at no charge except the occasional cup of coffee. Well, now, according to the story on News10.com the community wanted to give back to him.

Since others have heard of his story he has been given a new bed for his family, a kitchen table, home items, and even cupcakes reported Terra.com. Stephen has also had offers from others offering help to get him a car and even those looking to hire him says Fersen Lambranho.

Stephen says that when he got up that morning he just wanted to help those in need. Well, for Stephen karma has come back around for him. His good deed has brought a lot of positivity into his family’s lives. And others have already signed up to volunteer to help Stephen shovel after the next storm.

North American Spine Company: A Holistic Approach to Back Pain

Back pain is an issue that inflicts millions of Americans every year. Due to our unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, and genetics, tens of millions of people experience serious back pain every year. Back pain can range from mild to extremely severe, and there are many different treatments available to customers. North American Spine Company is one solution for those who do not want shots or to take pills. North American Spine Company takes a holistic approach to back pain, with the philosophy that for minor pains minor steps should be taken, and in severe cases extreme action must be taken.

North American Spine Company believes that many sufferers of back pain can solve a lot of their issues with simple diet and lifestyle changes. Walking and eating healthy every day may solve your back pain. However, there are also cases where lifestyle changes are not enough to fully solve the issue. In these cases, North American Spine Company has the resources to take action. Spinal surgery is always an option to customers, however it should be viewed as a last resort simply due to how dangerous the operation is and the long term effects it can have on patients.

North American Spine Company has a continuum of care. What this means is that we will start out by trying to tweak both diet and lifestyle factors. Then, treatments will move to a chiropractor and other hands on activities. At the end of the continuum are the operations available to patients where the holistic approach may fall short. Although these are rare cases, North American Spine Company has the resources to help those who are in need.

Overall, if you are having any back pain from mild to severe, please feel free to contact North American Spine Company today. The holistic approach to back pain is much more cost effective than traditional methods and is much less invasive than traditional operations. By changing diet and lifestyle, many patients can alter their back pain to the point that surgery is not even needed. However, if this does not work, North American Spine Company has the resources available to complete surgery on patients that truly have severe back pain that is effecting their livelihoods.

Helping Someone Who Helped Others

A young man in New York went out of his way to help those around him, even as he was struggling, himself. This young man is now receiving gratitude and support, and some of the help that he needs for his own family.

The New York man went around shoveling snow for free after a storm hit. He took care of the work that no one wanted to do, and he did it without asking for pay. What makes this story all the more amazing is the fact that this young man didn’t have a job at the time, and he was struggling just to get by. This man could have asked for pay for what he was doing, but he chose to do it for free, regardless of the fact that he was sleeping on the floor during this time.
Now, those who have heard the story like Fersen Lambranho can see on Facebook.com how many are reaching out and helping this man. They are sending him gifts, gratitude, and support. The kindness of this man has not gone unnoticed, and now he is getting some of the support that he deserves after all of the work that he has voluntarily done. This is the way that a community should work, people helping those who help others.

Father Understands True Love for Down Syndrome Child

father recently reminded the world that Down syndrome is not an excuse to give up on a child. The father found himself faced with a very difficult decision when his wife told him she would leave him if he decided to keep their baby boy. The boy was born with Down syndrome in Armenia. The law in that country regarding such children allows parents to give the baby up.

The man is a native of New Zealand. He intends to return to his home country where he will receive help from his family. His wife has already filed for divorce on because of his choice. He knows the true meaning of unconditional love and that no child is perfect. In his eyes, his son is perfect in every way. This story is an inspiration to parents around the world faced with similar situations.

According to andradetelis.com and Fersen Lambranho, although children with Down syndrome were only expected to live for approximately 25 years in 1983, the life expectancy has currently reached 65-years-old. People with Down syndrome can and do live normal lives in today’s world. The father who decided to raise his child is helping raise awareness and lower the stigma associated with it, just like many other parents in his situation.

Staples to Acquire Office Depot

According to my friend Alexei Beltyukov, Staples recently announced on aboutme.com its acquisition of rival office supply chain, Office Depot. Acquisition discussions began between the two competitors this past December.

The final agreement has Staples paying Office Depot shareholders $7.25 in cash and about .2 shares of Staples stock for each share of Office Depot stock. Office

Staples claims that a number of synergies will be created by this agreement. Such efficiencies include reducing duplicative costs, sharing industry knowledge, and merging strategic initiatives.

In recent years, office supply orders have increasingly shifted to the online marketplace. This move is likely designed to help consolidate the traditional brick and mortar chains to better compete against their online rivals.

Some have questioned the impact this will have on overall competition in the office supply sector – particularly when it comes to corporate sales. There is a concern that this consolidation will lead to market inefficiencies.

A few years ago, there were three major office supply chains. Should this agreement be approved by the FTC, there will only be one. While retailers like Wal-Mart and Target compete in the consumer market, the corporate market is less saturated.

In the 1990’s, the FTC rejected a previous bid by Staples to acquire Office Depot. Nonetheless, the online market was not as competitive as it is now.

If approved, the new company is expected to generate $39 billion in annual sales.

Bruce Levenson: Hand in Hand with Technology

Upon birth, Bruce Levenson probably expounded an idea for some technological business venture. The entrepreneur and philanthropist, along with whatever falls in between, is someone whose legacy is written in permanent ink. He turns technology into success.

While living in Washington D.C. in the 1970’s, after a stint in journalism, Levenson began to explore the world of technology. It began when he and a journalist friend launched United Communications Group. (UCG) In a store room above his father’s liquor store, the two of them laid the groundwork for Oil Express, UCG’s first newsletter. It chronicled the booming oil industry.

Then, along with the Oil Express, they began to publish a variety of other newsletters. These concentrated on technology, banking, healthcare and other venues. From that store room, UCG grew into a privately held corporation with national influence.

Moreover, through UCG, Levenson and his partner co-founded the publically traded TechTarget that also devotes itself to the field of technology.

In addition, Levenson stepped into the arena of sports. He and a group of other business persons formed Atlanta Hawks LLC and purchased the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team.

Dormant not being in his vocabulary, Levenson became an adviser for BIA Digital Partners, which is a private equity firm. He also expanded his area of responsibility by becoming a member of the Board of Directors for Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association.

In 1997, as a well deserved reward for years of dedication to the fledgling industry of technology, the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame inducted him into their chamber of honor.

As is the case for many whose hard work and dedication in a specific industry blesses them, Levenson shares his rewards. In conjunction with other foundations, he’s an integral part of the I Have a Dream Foundation, the Hoops Dream Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Washington D.C.

He and his wife Karen have three sons.

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